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Celebrating Getting Back on Track 
Aug. 23, 2012 7:10 am 
Updated: Sep. 12, 2012 2:17 am

This is my first full week and weigh-in since getting back on track with my eating, and I am happy to say I lost 1 pound this week. If you remember, I had tried to start back walking after getting my boot off at the end of June, but my foot just wouldn't hear of it. So I began again last week and have decided to walk 1/2 mile for two weeks before upping it. So far, so good. I'm hoping my foot will cooperate. I am amazed at how much better I feel when I eat right and exercise.

This week, I made quite a few new recipes and really enjoyed most of them.

Healthier Sloppy Joes II - This recipe is 7 PP plus whatever the bun is; however, I used Quorn instead of ground beef which really lowered the points. Not my favorite sloppy joe recipe, but not bad.

Lemon Almond Tea (ZERO PP) - A delicious, fruity tea or punch! I used Splenda and Diet 7-Up to make it zero calories! Definitely a keeper!

Reduced Fat Yogurt Ranch Salad Dressing - (3 PP for entire recipe using non-fat plain yogurt) - I really prefer it as a veggie dip. I ended up adding more garlic powder and chives.

Healthier Baked Slow Cooker Chicken - (5 PP) - I love the idea of adding carrots and onions, elevating the chicken on the foil balls, and baking it in a crock pot; however, I really prefer the spice mixture of Roast Sticky Chicken-Rotisserie Style. That is my favorite whole chicken recipe.

Instant Cappuccino Mix (1 PP)  - This is stronger than most instant mixes you make that call for powdered milk (which pleases me). I especially like that I can get my coffee AND chocolate fix for only 1 pointplus!

Green Monster Smoothie (4 PP according to nutrition guide; but since fruits and veggies are 0 PP, perhaps this only has 1 PP because of the orange juice) - I made sure to first really blend the spinach and carrots in the OJ in order to not have bits of veggies in my drink. Then I added everything else, and it came out fine. It was not green, though. It came out rather tannish-orange.

I noticed another Green Monster Smoothie and wanted to try it too, especially since the ingredients were different. This one has peanut butter in it along with the spinach. The entire thing was 10 PP, so I halved the recipe. It's definitely my favorite between the two! A perfect blend of peanut butter and banana with no taste of spinach but all the health benefits. And it turns out green!

One of my favorite pasta salads is Rainbow Pasta Salad II. I just add whatever veggies I happen to have in the frig - yellow/red peppers, green onion, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, celery, tomato. And then I marinate it in fat-free Zesty Italian Salad Dressing. The only points would be for the pasta and the dressing.

Many of you have been on this same healthy eating/weight loss journey with me, regardless of your eating plan. Tell me how you're doing and what recipes you've fixed.

Aug. 23, 2012 9:08 am
Congratulations! I have gained two. I guess its due to some baklava. So its back to my healthy lifestyle. I think I will check out a couple of the recipes on your blog. Keep up the good work Paula. I know how hard it can be. Nice to touch base with you.
Aug. 23, 2012 11:35 am
Hi Paula, I'm glad your foot is feeling better. I had been doing fairly well, but then the onslaught of company started and my schedule went out the window. I have been able to maintain, so I guess it isn't too bad. Once the last of the blackberry ice cream is eaten and the last guest leaves after Labor Day I'll get back to business again. I'm saving the cappuccino recipe. That would make a tasty treat when it gets cooler. Keep up the good work.
Aug. 23, 2012 2:24 pm
I have been on eldercare for the past 5 weeks and have gone without my daily aerobic workout. Although my diet has been completely pure, no sugar or white anything, my pants are noticing. Still doing push-ups, squats, ab work, leg extensions and lifts since they can be done anywhere. Sometimes life gets in the way of staying healthy but doing the best I can. 3 weeks left of my duty and I can get back to running/walking and enjoying a small dessert with my meals.
Aug. 23, 2012 3:15 pm
Rosebud, 2 pounds can come off in a week...especially if you really get focused and stick to it. Good thoughts are coming your way on making healthier choices. But, you know, we all have to have that baklava once in a while. It's just not offered everyday, is it?
Aug. 23, 2012 3:18 pm
BigShotsMom and Marie C, I know what you mean about your schedules messing up your weight loss. That has been my issue all summer long! I really need to stay in my routine for me to even think about eating right. And I especially need my normal routine in order to keep up the exercise. I am really hoping my life is just downright boring this fall :)
Aug. 23, 2012 4:09 pm
Quorn is extracted from the fungus Fusarium venenatum.
Aug. 24, 2012 4:46 am
congrats,hope your foot gets better quickly.
Aug. 24, 2012 5:44 am
Hello, Paula. I am looking forward to trying the chocolate cappuccino! I love chocolate! I hope your foot gets better! I broke my toes a couple of years ago. It seems like it took forever before I could walk long distances. Your photos are stellar!
Aug. 24, 2012 8:52 am
KingSparta, yes, it's true. It's not a "natural" food, but I rationalize eating it by telling myself I only eat it once in a while when I really want something that's made of ground beef. I just don't want to give up all the points ground beef uses. And I don't want the cholesterol.
Aug. 24, 2012 8:53 am
Manella and Lela, thanks for the well wishes on my foot and photos. They both have a long way to go :)
Aug. 24, 2012 3:48 pm
Why, oh WHY isn't it as fun to lose weight as it is to gain it? Since menopause ($#%!@*!), I've gained 25 lbs. I lift weights, swim 25 laps a day and do step aerobics. This keeps my heart healthy but does nothing to reduce my beer gut. Maybe I should stop drinking beer? Nah, that can't be it. Great job Paula! You're looking pretty darn hot to me! :o)
Aug. 24, 2012 3:50 pm
Paula - I have to ask, did you loose weight walking around Seattle? I walked my buns off for those few days - it sure felt good! That Chicken seasoning is great - I like using it on beer can chicken.
Aug. 24, 2012 5:47 pm
Paula-what brand of chocolate drink mix did you use for the cappuccino?
Aug. 25, 2012 4:22 am
Paula, your pics are really beautiful! I need to do something but just can't seem to stick with it. If I could keep up the exercise part I think I'd be fine. Every time I get on a roll,it seems something happens and I "fall off the treadmill". Suzy(black lab) is my walking partner and she pulled a muscle this summer and had to take it easy. I was just thinking yesterday she seems much better and I can start back with our walking. When she had her ligament repair surgery 2-1/2 yrs. ago I was in charge of her rehab. We started out with short walks of 100 yds and very slowly advanced to 3 miles. Going slow and steady is the key. Glad to hear your foot is doing much better and good luck!
Aug. 25, 2012 5:59 am
Good Morning Paula ~ (Here is another green smoothie from a blender cookbook) You might like it. I thought it was good, along with the other 2 I posted on the AAA page, which I can post here too.
Aug. 25, 2012 6:00 am
Emerald Green Smoothie 3/4 cup green grapes, washed 1/3 cup canned crushed pineapple 1 small sliced, frozen banana 1/4 peeled and seeded, apple Handful of spinach *I like to wash and microwave my spinach for about 25 seconds and then drain or squeeze it to remove any excess water. It doesn't cook it, but I worry personally about using raw spinach. It seems to end up on the food contamination list, I noticed. Directions: Add all of the ingredients to the blender and blend until nice and smooth.
Aug. 25, 2012 6:03 am
If you like chocolate oat snack cake you will like this. I do, because it is not a very sweet cake. Definitely, use the walnuts in my opinion to get that flavor: http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/63251350/chocolate-oat-snack-cake-smoothie/detail.aspx
Aug. 25, 2012 6:06 am
I got this one from the same person. It is a very sweet smoothie that tastes a lot like fruit juice. Use green grapes to get a pretty green color. I did 1/2 recipe and got 2 good sized servings. I also used a frozen orange. (I freeze them with peel on. Soak under hot water about 30 seconds and then cut off with a sharp knife. You can then cube the frozen orange for the blender easily). It just makes smoothies ice cold, imo. http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/62824813/hala-kahiki-green-smoothie/detail.aspx
Aug. 25, 2012 6:11 am
Paula, if you like comfort food or southern style vegetables, you will like this recipe. I was surprised by the flavor considering it didn't have a bunch of bacon grease or frying up a lot of bacon. I think this might be okay for your WW points, not sure. I ate it with white fish, at least one time and it went perfect together. I just used an 18oz bag of pictsweet whole green beans and put them in a pot with 3" sides with 1/2" of water or maybe less. You will have to read my review on that. I put them in frozen. I topped with 2 slices of pre-cooked bacon. It is "very thin." I think it is like 70 cal a serving. I forgot the garlic, but it worked fine. Didn't think it needed it. I will post the recipe below.
Aug. 25, 2012 6:11 am
Aug. 25, 2012 6:24 am
Another quick side dish that I started making, you might like this too. It is adapted from the beginning of a quesadilla recipe by JR Baker. I thought the vegetables flavored each other well. I have had similar sauteed vegetables at restaurants: 1/2 cup zucchini cut in half and sliced 1/4", 1/2 cup yellow squash same way, 1/2 cup sliced red pepper (I use frozen, I froze myself. I find it holds up better), 1/2 cup red onion sliced. (I usually double these ingredients) Directions: Put in a pan with 1-2 Tblsp of olive oil and cook on med high 7-8 minutes stirring as needed. Turn to low if vegetables still not softened slightly.
Aug. 25, 2012 6:26 am
If you would like to try her full recipe, it is called Farmer's Market Quesadillas. I wasn't sure with the tortillas or cheese, if it fit within the WW guidelines or not though. I figured, the sauteed vegetables would.
Aug. 25, 2012 6:28 am
I don't mind posting all of these, because I always check to see if anything you made I might like. They usually have lots of fruits and veggies too. Good luck on the weight loss. I am down 33 lbs. I got 20 more to go, to get down to my wedding weight in 2005. : )
Aug. 25, 2012 6:31 am
CHEEPCHICK - Well, you certainly are active. I'm guessing it's the beer :) Thanks for dropping by. BAKING NANA - I didn't lose one pound in Seattle! But the walking felt good. I've been meaning to try that beer can chicken forever. You've possibly motivated me :)
Aug. 25, 2012 6:33 am
Oh one last thing. I started doing yoga a couple of months ago and love it. I do it at home. A yoga mat is all you need. I watch videos from youtube. One lady I like is from the Austin Texas Wellness Center on youtube. She goes at my pace. It is great for the body and low strain on joints, imo.
Aug. 25, 2012 6:35 am
LELA - I had the Nestle Nesquik No Sugar Added here, so that's what I used. MOTHER ANN - I know what you mean about something interfering just when you get on a roll. I hope Suzy is better and can be your walking buddy.
Aug. 25, 2012 6:37 am
This lady is the one I like. You can get some strange searches under yoga on youtube, though. lol! I have tried other videos, but hers work the best for me. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCYCKO4XX9U
Aug. 25, 2012 6:38 am
Sorry, for hijacking your blog! I hadn't posted on a few. It takes time to find some recipes I like.
Aug. 25, 2012 6:40 am
BAKER BEE - Thanks for all the smoothie and veggie recipes. I'll definitely try the Emerald Green Smoothie. They all look great! You should write them up as personal recipes. I like to have them in recipe form so I can refer to them again and again. (If they're just in my head, they tend to be shoved to the back of my brain and I forget about them). I always check out your reviews because it seems we're on the same path. Good luck on those last 20 pounds!
Aug. 25, 2012 6:42 am
All of the recipes I posted are under a recipe with the link. The only two that aren't are the Emerald Green Smoothie and the Vegetable Saute and that one is an adapted recipe from JR Baker on AR.
Aug. 25, 2012 6:42 am
BAKER BEE, thanks for the yoga link. I've been doing some pilates, but like the idea of yoga. When I ran last year, my body really tightened up. I don't like that I'm less flexible now, so the yoga would probably help lengthen and stretch those tight muscles.
Aug. 25, 2012 6:49 am
Aug. 25, 2012 6:49 am
Ha, funny! I just posted your blog. I was trying to get back to the page. I meant ot post a link to the Emerald Green recipe. One second. I am not good with blogs.
Aug. 25, 2012 6:50 am
Aug. 25, 2012 6:51 am
Okay, I just typed it up. They are all here now, but the sauteed vegetables. I think that one is pretty easy though.
Aug. 25, 2012 6:54 am
Its actually a good thing, you had me type the one not a recipe up. I realized, from what I put here I forgot the ice on it. The recipe link 2 above is correct now. You wouldn't have been too happy with me, if you made a luke warm smoothie. Lol!
Aug. 25, 2012 6:54 am
Try the first 2 I posted that Linda lmt gave me, they are my favorites so far of the smoothies I have tried lately.
Aug. 25, 2012 6:57 am
Hello all. Just want to tell you about a yoga DVD that I do every morning. I have issues with my back and these are nice gentle yoga tpe stretches that really help keep me flexible. Here's a link: http://www.gaiam.com/product/am+pm+stretch+health+stretching.do The lady's name is Madeleine Lewis. I first found the DVD in my library. It's a 35 minute stretch routine for morning. Do it before you eat breakfast. There is also one for bedtime to relax. Also want to say, keep up the good work in pursuing healthy low calorie eating. But please do some reading about artificial sweeteners. They are not a good thing to put into a healthy body.
Aug. 25, 2012 6:58 am
Have a good day. I think I gave you tons of links now!! : )
Aug. 25, 2012 7:01 am
Hey IP, will check the link also. Stretching ones I like and beginner to intermediete. I like to do searches for yoga for pain relief also. They have nice ones for the back.
Aug. 25, 2012 7:09 am
Paula thanks for the info on the chocolate mix. I am off to the store.
Aug. 25, 2012 8:26 am
You will love this DVD. It is easy, but effective. If you do any yoga at all you will recognize some of the positions. As I have progressed, I have added some extra moves and even light arm weights. I like her voice also, which is a big part of listening to a DVD every day. Let me know on the Buzz if you try it. Wish I could share mine with you! Check your library too
Aug. 25, 2012 9:08 am
Good Job Girl!! Thanks for sharing the recipes!
Aug. 25, 2012 1:31 pm
BAKER BEE - I just went through and saved all the links to my recipe box. Thanks for the ideas. They ALL work fine with my WW way of eating. I'm probably going to fix those quesadillas for a meatless dinner soon. INDIANA PEGGY - Thanks for the yoga link. I'm definitely bookmarking Baker Bee's link and yours as well! And I am cutting back on the Splenda, just not cutting out yet. I am such a sweets addict that I am having to slowly cut back a little at a time. I read a note I had written about a smoothie a year ago. I had put Splenda in it because it wasn't sweet enough, and this year I don't need the addition of Splenda at all. So I am progressing, a little at a time.
Aug. 25, 2012 1:33 pm
CookandBakeGirl - Thanks for your encouragement. I hope you enjoy the recipes.
Aug. 25, 2012 10:11 pm
Thanks, for taking the time to look at the Links Paula. I had mentioned to you, that I like making "mock" banana ice cream from links I got from Pinterest. My favorite is frozen sliced bananas with frozen strawberries. I have to add a few splashes of unsweet almond milk to get it started. It taste like a strawberry soft serve. Anyway, I went to Bed Bath and Beyond today and saw a machine specifically for making "mock" banana ice creams! A good blender will do the trick though. I came home and searched recipes from their website. If you are interested here they are. You will either need a blender with a tamper to get it going or the splashes of milk non dairy milk. It doesn't take much though and it will hold a descent soft ice cream like shape. I figured fruit is okay on WW. I just don't know too much about the WW points.
Aug. 25, 2012 10:13 pm
Here is the link to the banana ice cream recipes. I haven't tried all of them, just the strawberry banana one and one other. It just all has to be frozen: http://allrecipes.com/cook/13877468/blogentry.aspx?postid=282477
Aug. 25, 2012 10:14 pm
Aug. 25, 2012 10:14 pm
Oops, I did it again! The first link is to your blog. Lol
Aug. 25, 2012 10:33 pm
Sorry last post. I just realized that the link was in descileters. You can find other pages in English measurements. Either way, I left a note on the link above, on the bottom, on how I make the strawberry one. I use 3 frozen bananas, 1 cup for frozen strawberries, and up to 1/2 cup unsweet almond milk, and blend 5 minutes stirring or tampering down as needed. With a really good blender, you wouldn't need so much liquid and it will be even closer to soft ice cream that will hold its shape.
Aug. 25, 2012 10:36 pm
Grainfreegirl has a recipe like that too on her page. I haven't tried adding the peanut butter or cocoa though. Here is the link for that: http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/62873444/creamy-banana-soft-serve/detail.aspx
Aug. 26, 2012 3:42 am
Weight has been my nemesis since I was a child.At the age of 62 I was inspired by my 29year old son to join his gym and start eating a nutritional diet. Five years later and weighing 60 pounds less I feel better than ever. Losing weight slowly has proven to be the best way to take off excess pounds for me. My eating habits have changed and my exercise has become a daily routine. I have severe osteoarthritis in my hands, feet, shoulders and hips. By building muscles and exercising routinely, I have helped my body fight the pain. Well, enough of me. congratulations, Paula! Take it slowly and don't get too hung up on your weight. Be healthy!
Aug. 26, 2012 6:25 am
BAKER BEE - Thanks for the links. Fruit is 0 PP, so I can eat that frozen banana ice cream and use no points at all! I'll look at those links later today. NURSE PEGGY - Good for you! Isn't it amazing how losing weight and not carrying all of it around makes you feel so much better?! I agree completely with you! I have noticed too that the strength training I do 2 times a week really improves my endurance and just how good I feel. Keep up the good work and thanks for stopping in. Come back from time to time and let me know how you're doing.
Aug. 27, 2012 7:34 am
Good job, Paula, and good luck with the rest of the journey! I've, unfortunately, let things slide a bit this summer. My DH has had some health problems this summer, my 13 yr old Lab had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor and needed care, and the rest of my time I'm not at work or taking care of them has been spent in the garden. I'm holding steady but not losing any more. A knee injury has kept me off the treadmill and away from tennis this summer, too. : ( But I am about to start my yoga again now that the dog and the hubby are on the mend! What I eat is usually pretty healthy; I just need to get moving again! Keep up the good work...you're giving me that nudge I need, too! : )
Aug. 27, 2012 7:49 am
Paula, that is what is all about, isn't it? Slow and steady progress and trying to change our old habits for better ones. I have just recently begun to understand a little about those artificial sweeteners and am kicking the diet soda habit. I know I do not eat nearly as well as I "should" but I try to be mindful. It's so hard when the info and opinions change from week to week about what is good for us! I just try for moderation.
Aug. 27, 2012 6:03 pm
Hello Paula. Thank you for posting your Blog. I too am a fellow WW member who has recently recommitted myself to the program. So far down 10 lbs in the last 5wks, it's been tough. I've been trying hard to add more fruits and vegetables and it's helped a lot. I'll continue to follow your blog. Thanks for the recipe ideas.
Aug. 28, 2012 5:49 am
WISWEETP - Glad I could nudge you a bit :) Sorry about all the issues you've had this summer. I'm working on not letting them derail me, but they sure do slow me down! Hope your sweet lab is better. TIBANKS - So glad you dropped in. I hope my blog at least helps you with ideas. Feel free to send me some in return. Congrats on your weight loss. That's great!
Aug. 28, 2012 1:03 pm
Hi Paula - I'm late to the party - just like I'm late to getting back on track :0 !! Like you, I've suffered a foot injury that has set back my workouts, have had a month's worth of various house guests, etc, etc, etc.....BUT, starting tomorrow I'm back on track!!! Thanks for the inspiration and the wonderful recipe suggestions/photos! I think I'm going to do the Smoky Grilled Pork Chop and half of a slow cooker baked potato tomorrow.
Aug. 28, 2012 7:22 pm
Mi Being Mi, I just looked up that pork chop recipe. Looks good. Saved! Thanks for the recommendation. And good luck at getting back on track.
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I'm a wife, mother of 2, and grandmother of 6. I love to cook. I especially like to cook new and different recipes. I don't like to have the same meals week after week. My husband has decided it really doesn't matter whether he likes a new recipe or not because he won't see it again for a very long time anyway!
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I like to cook entrees and desserts. I like preparing good, down-to-earth cooking. I also decorate cakes, mostly for the grandchildren now.
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Holidays bring out the traditions: chocolate chip cheese ball; crockpot chicken and dressing; and broccoli salad, sweet potatoes and butterscotch pie handed down from past generations. Another thing that must be tradition in my family: we all make new recipes when we have company! My mother, sister, daughter, and I all do this. My daddy never understood why we would risk making something we had never made before. Actually, none of us has ever served company a new recipe that didn't taste good.
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Cake decorating: wedding cakes, bridal and baby shower cakes, birthday cakes: Little Pirate, Cinderella, Elmo, Strawberry Shortcake. My friends call me Betty Crocker. When my daughter got married, she had a bridal shower where the guests were asked to write something on an apron. My best friend told her if she needed a recipe or help in the kitchen to ask her mother. If she needed a good place to eat out, ask her.
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A 4 tier huge wedding cake that fell apart at 2:00am. Thankfully, I still had time to salvage the cake.
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